Spend an Evening at the Zoo
SEE CONCERTS. SAVE ANIMALS.
For the rest of the summer you can catch amazing acts in the expansive North Meadow of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The ZooTunes concert series brings acts that aren’t small potatoes either, but some of the best concerts of the summer, from Ziggy Marley (sold out,) to Melissa Etheridge and Roseanne Cash (still available!) There’s simple food onsite too, like burgers (meat and veggie options), hot dogs, brats, fish tacos, chips and soft pretzels, plus two beer gardens to whet your appetite.
Bring a blanket and some low back lawn chairs, snuggle up with the family and enjoy the tunes while supporting a good cause. Proceeds from ZooTunes support the zoo’s quality animal care, engaging education programs and wildlife conservation.
July 18: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals with ZZ Ward ($22)
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers.
Aug 1: Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes ($28)
Los Lobos are a hybrid of traditional regional Mexican folk music, rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and other genres has found a sweet spot in the music of Los Lobos.
Steve Earle and the Dukes is known for his political ferocity, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has been recording country- and rock-influenced music since 1986. His most recent album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, was nominated for a Grammy® for Best Folk Album in 2012.
Aug 5: The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo ($28)
Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents the traditional culture of South Africa and is regarded as the country’s cultural emissary at home and around the world. Their work with Paul Simon on the Graceland album attracted a world of fans that never knew that the sounds of Zulu harmony could be so captivating.
Aug 12: An Evening With Melissa Etheridge ($39.50)
Considered by many to be one of the greatest all-time female rock icons, Melissa Etheridge is also a mother and a cancer survivor. She is an outspoken cultural, political and human rights activist, a thought-provoker and a longtime truth-seeker.
Aug 22: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band ($26)
Grammy Nominee Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has dubbed his signature sound “Supafunkrock”—stirring together New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats.
Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph leads this American funk and soul band to great acclaim—Rolling Stone named Robert to their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Aug 29: Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux ($26)
Rosanne Cash has recorded 11 No. 1 singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. In 1985 she won the Grammy Award® for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” and has received 10 other nominations.
Jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Renowned for her interpretive song skills, the vocalist delves deeper into her reinvention, writing the bulk of the songs on her latest album, Standing On the Rooftop, pushing past any preconceived notions about her music and daring herself to expand her sonic template.
ZooTunes tickets are available to purchase online.
Concert doors open at 5pm. Music begins at 6pm and shows end approximately at 8:30pm.
- All tickets except “Reserved” are General Admission, which is festival-style seating on the lawn.
- Very limited number of Reserved Tickets available which include reserved parking and seats (chairs provided) in a prime viewing and listening location.
- One child (age 12 and under) free with each paid ticket
- Concerts are rain or shine.
- All tickets are non-refundable.
- Concert tickets do not include regular zoo admission
- Limit of 8 tickets per person per show
See the Woodland Park Zoo website for more details.